This Day in History – September 29th, 1885

Blackpool Tram

The Blackpool tramway runs from Blackpool to Fleetwood on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire, England. It was the last surviving first-generation tramway in the United Kingdom until it was replaced by a fleet of modern Flexity 2 ‘Supertrams’ in 2012. However, today the traditional trams still provide a ‘heritage service’ on weekends, bank holidays and during the summer. The line dates back to September 29th, 1885 and is the oldest public electric tramways in the world. It is operated by Blackpool Transport (BTS), and runs for 11 miles (18 km) and carries 6,500,000 passengers each year. It is one of only a few tramways in the world that use double-deck trams, others including Hong Kong and Alexandria Tram in Egypt.

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